Southeast Community Health Systems has begun giving COVID-19 shots to seniors at Tangipahoa Volunteer Council on Aging’s senior centers.

People from all walks of life – former mayors, pastors, educators and others – got in line last week to get the shot at the Hammond Senior Center.

The vaccinations are available by appointment only. Individuals 70 years of age and older who have not had COVID in the past 90 days are invited to call a local senior center to get an appointment, said council Executive Director Debi Fleming.

Appointments must be made by contacting the senior centers:

Independence Senior Center at (985) 878-4385;

Ponchatoula Senior Center at (985) 386-6061;

Amite Senior Center at (985) 748-7617 and

Kentwood Senior Center at (985) 229-5089.

The schedule for getting the vaccine is today at Independence Senior Center, Thursday in Ponchatoula, Jan. 21 in Amite and Jan. 26 at the Kentwood Senior Center.

Transportation may be available, Fleming said.

Fleming said Southeast Community Health Systems will give 100 shots between 9 a.m. and noon.

“We will keep a waiting list, but no guarantee they will return for a second event,” she said. “Medicare cards and ID cards must be presented before the shot is given.”

She said the council is very grateful to Southeast Community Health Systems for offering this vital service to the older members of the community.

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